EcoChallenge Programming

Approval for Sustainability Themed Programming

In previous years, the winner of the EcoChallenge was determined by how much recycling was collected by residence hall. We are now including event participation points into the overall score for each residence hall, in addition to the pounds per person recycled over the course of the competition.

As a Residential Advisor, there is incentive for you to host EcoChallenge programming for your hall! RA’s from the winning residence hall will each receive a prize and will be invited to the catered Winner Dinner at the conclusion of the competition. This year, residents of the two top halls will also receive a pool table, courtesy of the Student Government Association.

Please use the guidelines in the section below to plan events for your residence halls. Attendance at your events is tracked using B-card scanners. You will be responsible for reserving these scanners from Campus Life for your event and sending the attendance information to the Office of Sustainability (email with attendance information). The Office of Sustainability does not provide funding for your event.

You must receive approval from the Office of Sustainability for your event to count! Use the form below to submit your event proposal at least 24 hours in advance. Note: Although the Office of Sustainability highly encourages the use of compostable eating supplies, the focus of the EcoChallenge is on reducing landfill waste and increasing recycling. Therefore, hosting an event with compostable supplies will not directly count as an EcoChallenge event, unless additional educational information is included in the programming to focus on recycling.

Fill out this form with information about your proposed event

  • Provide a description of the event you are hosting. Briefly explain how it will encourage sustainability. Include information about duration, topics covered, activities, and learning objectives.

Guidelines for Sustainability Themed Programming

Follow these guidelines to create your own sustainability themed programming that can count towards overall points for your residence hall for the EcoChallenge. Your event should:

  • Be sustainability themed, including food preparation or production, proper waste disposal, reuse of materials, education about conservation efforts, sustainability purchasing options, etc.
  • Be at least 30 minutes in duration.
  • Include information about the EcoChallenge and RecycleMania, including what incentives are provided for the residence hall that recycles the most pounds per person at the end of the competition.


Need help coming up with programming ideas? See this list of approved programs from previous years: Sustainable Programming Ideas.